Occupational therapists work closely with people of all ages to achieve a high quality of life, irrespective of age, disability or illness. Helping people to function in daily living activities and promoting well-being at home, in school, at work, and in leisure are of prime concern to the occupational therapist. Occupational therapists take a holistic approach and are involved in client evaluation and intervention as part of a health care team. They also play a role in wider health issues such as community development, health promotion and policy making.
This graduate entry master course offers you a fast-track option to becoming an occupational therapist. You will develop knowledge of four broad areas:
-Medical, psychiatric, orthopaedic and neurological conditions which affect the health and well-being of individuals. -The theory and practice of occupational therapy including the study of occupation and analysis of the physical, psychological and social requirements of a variety of skills and activities. -Human development covering normal growth and development within the life cycle along with problems which occur such as learning disabilities and the effects of ageing. -Occupational health and management, including prevention, education and rehabilitation programs for a variety of workplaces. -Your studies will be complemented with extensive clinical fieldwork practice. You will also have the unique opportunity to take part in the Occupational Therapy Abroad program, participating in a fieldwork placement in China, India, South Africa or Ukraine for four weeks.
Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which may require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.
Graduates using the title of registered health practitioner or the title of occupational therapist must be registered with Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the National Board). Registration for practice enables graduates, once registered, to practise occupational therapy in all Australian states and territories. Graduates can also choose to be a member of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and/or Occupational Therapy Australia (WA). The course is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates may also apply for registration in most countries although some countries may require sitting a licensing examination.
Credit for previous study
Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis. You may apply for recognition of prior learning on the basis of extensive work experience, clinical specialisation or significant publication and research experience.
A bachelor degree or equivalent, preferably in a health-related discipline with at least a credit (65%) average. Evidence of studies in the human biosciences (eg. human biology) and psychology or behavioural science is required. You will also be required to provide additional information with your application. You will need to hold a current Essential First Aid Certificate within four weeks of the start of this course. You must pass all units in the first year before proceeding to the second year. Minimum English language entry requirements: IELTS 7.0.